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Category: Sea Watch

A time to cull seals and sea lies

If this is a time to cull seals to protect our whales, it is also a time to cull the science-deficit activist campaigns that threaten the lifeblood of our coastal communities Earlier this year Georgia Murray of the Nimmo Bay…

 How much fish do we eat? By the numbers

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission says global seafood consumption has more than doubled in the past 50 years, putting stress on the sustainability of fishing. Some numbers from the first global seafood consumption footprint published by The…

Sea Shepherd “unethical” for exploiting death of baby Orca

Pacific Salmon Foundation shoots down Sea Shepherd’s claim while taking aim at critics of a study it supports. By Fabian Dawson SeaWestNews The Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) has fired a broadside at the American eco-militant group, Sea Shepherd, calling it…

 “Shocking” glass sponge reef video not that shocking, says expert

Glass sponge reef video being peddled by anti-fish farm lobby is a natural occurrence says expert (PICTURE: The top is a screen grab from a video of dead glass sponge reefs purportedly close to a salmon farm in the Broughton…

Rethink your plastic use this Earth Day

Sunday, April 22nd 2018 will mark forty-eight years since the inception of the first Earth Day and I am especially troubled by the lack of progress we have made in curbing the waste and pollution being dumped into our oceans….

A common vision to protect wild salmon

B.C. government releases advisory council report on salmon aquaculture By Fabian Dawson SeaWestNews A B.C. government panel’s report on aquaculture underscores the need for salmon farm practices to better align with a common vision on the importance of sustaining wild…

Crime Stoppers and BC Salmon Farmers launch unique environmental tip line in B.C.

BC Salmon Farmers first group to step up to the plate as Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers initiates unique partnership to fight poaching and pollution By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews.com The proliferation of environmental crimes locally and globally has prompted Crime Stoppers to…

Wild salmon facing toxic punch from stormwater runoff

Stormwater runoff of urban roadways pose toxic danger to wild salmon Washington State University researchers have found that salmon face a double whammy when they swim in the stormwater runoff of urban roadways, WSU News reports. First, as scientists learned…

A net loss for Canada

The catch of non-target fish and ocean wildlife, or “bycatch,” results in unnecessary waste and harm to sea life says Oceana Canada A report released from Oceana Canada — Collateral damage: How to reduce bycatch in Canada’s commercial fisheries —…

Are salmon farms killing off wild salmon?

No. A comprehensive study into dozens of possible threats that may have affected the return of Fraser River sockeye (2009) did not find salmon farms to be having a significant negative impact. The $35M Cohen Commission of Inquiry reviewed 600,000…

Why do we farm salmon?

Without salmon farming in aquaculture, wild fish are at risk of overfishing Fish are the world’s largest traded food commodity. Our oceans cannot supply the increased demand for healthy seafood, therefore we need salmon farming, along with all other seafood…

What is Shellfish aquaculture?

Shellfish aquaculture is the farming (i.e., cultivation and harvest) of aquatic invertebrates, such as oysters, clams and mussels. Cultivation implies involvement in the rearing process to enhance production, such as regular stocking and protection from predators. Shellfish farming has been…

Where do we farm shellfish in BC?

Shellfish farms are located primarily around the west coast of Vancouver Island and in the Georgia Basin. The cool, nutrient-rich coastal waters of British Columbia’s vast coastline (over 27,000 km) provide the ideal location to grow some of the highest-quality…

What kind of shellfish do we farm?

In Canada, the main species of shellfish farmed commercially are clams, geoducks, mussels, oysters and scallops. Clams The Manila Clam (Tapes philippinarum) has been harvested in British Columbia since the 1970s and has been farmed since 1985. It is known…